Polar Bear Weekend

by Erika Brooks on February 9, 2014 at 11:59 am

Well if you thought the weekend was cold, imagine spending it outside in a tent!

That’s exactly what a troop of Boy Scouts did. Fourteen boys from Troop 128 set up camp at Lake Isabella Friday night and stayed until Sunday afternoon. While the boys would earn a Polar Bear Award for sleeping outside two consecutive nights when the temperature falls below 32 degrees, most who were in attendance already have that award so this weekend was just for fun.

"We have three new guys out here and only one them stayed overnight but they’re pretty well prepared because they’ve been in scouts before this," said Scout Alex Pinson.

"We’re sledding and we were having some snowball fights earlier. Other than that it was mostly setting up and building the fire," added fellow Scout Connor Moore.

The boys pitched tents in the snow and practiced their cold weather camping skills. Despite the temperature dropping to four degrees Friday night and the high barely reaching 30 the whole weekend, the cold didn’t bother the scouts at all.

"Layers are important so when it gets warmer you can take a layer off and you don’t have to change completely, definitely a warm sleeping bag and blankets and a pretty warm tent," said Moore.

Pinson agreed, "As long as you’re warm and have a bunch of clothing on and you’re comfortable with all the clothes you have on it’s not that bad."

The next camping trip for Troop 128 will be at the Muskingum Valley Scout Reservation in the next coming weeks.